This year marks the 20th year that musicians from various genres have entertained audiences through the Batesville Memorial Public Library's After Hours Concert Series.
As in the past, 2019 features new artists as well as returning favorites, reports organizer Mike Kruse. "New artists include Tim Volz and Friends, Dan Mobley, The Basement Brass Quintet and Lee Murdock & Blue Horizon."
To determine the schedule, "I try to coordinate with area happenings, especially with the Batesville Area Arts Council’s calendar. I have determined that every weekend offers a variety of activities for area residents. We just hope to be on most peoples’ lists of 'things to do,'" he says.
Concerts are funded "through a combination of funds from the library budget; contributions from our partner, the Batesville Area Arts Council; and the Friends of the Library. We also collect donations at each concert to help defray costs."
Kruse encourages the public to attend as many performances as possible because it's "free family-friendly fun! You can come back and hear artists you’ve enjoyed previously, and possibly hear someone you’ve never heard before. It expands your musical horizons to experience new performers."
Most of the concerts have been scheduled to take place in the BMPL large meeting room unless otherwise noted:
• Saturday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Lone Wolf (Tim Volz) and Friends, a Batesville rock and country band.
• Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Michael Beck, Tim Brickley and Gary Bole – "They will perform '60s and '70s favorites on guitar, percussion and accordion. They feature a list of 200 songs that the audience can ask them to play," Kruse notes.
• Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m., Batesville guitarist Bryce Mullins – "Bryce plays original and cover songs in a variety of styles."
• Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m., Celebrating National Library Week and Jazz Appreciation Month – We’ll enjoy the return of R.J. Spangler and his quartet, featuring T-Bone Paxton. From the Detroit area, they play great jazz and blues standards."
• Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m., Troubadours of Divine Bliss – These two enchanting ladies with sweet and sassy songs will perform with guitar and accordion.
• Saturday, June 29, 1 p.m., Mark Dvorak – "The Chicago folk legend will host an acoustic jam session and singalong. Bring your instrument and/or your voice! At 7 p.m., Mark will return to the library for a folk music concert."
• July artist, date and time to be announced – "We will sponsor the music for the Batesville Summerfest at Liberty Park. This is a fundraiser for Batesville Fire & Rescue."
• Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., "Captain Dan Mobley will sing and play his tunes in the style of Jimmy Buffett."
• Sunday, Sept. 29, noon, Jake Speed and the Freddies – They "return to Liberty Park for Applefest. They play Cincinnati-based Americana, folk and ragtime tunes."
• October artist, date and time to be announced.
• November, date to be announced, 7 p.m., Indianapolis’ Basement Brass Quintet. This group "performs classical, swing, marches and pop tunes."
• Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Lee Murdock & Blue Horizon, Kaneville, Illinois – They "play music that combines ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles, including one of Lee’s popular storytelling songs about the Christmas ship."
Kruse announces, "As always, I look forward to each concert. I’m excited to introduce some new artists to the After Hours Concert Series, and I especially look forward to the acoustic jam session and following concert by Mark Dvorak. And the Spangler-Paxton Quartet. And Jake Speed and the Freddies. And … you get the picture."
"I am grateful to the library board of trustees, library director Kim Porter, the Batesville Area Arts Council, the Friends of the Library and all of our wonderful concert-goers who have supported us and shared some great musical times these past 20 years."
Diane Raver can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.